Picture Perfect: A Hidden Slice Of Paradise

This one-of-a-kind ‘underground’ beach hides an interesting history

By Pamela Chow


Photo: Christian Frausto Bernal / flickr.com

This strip of sand and sea is, quite literally, a hidden gem. Located on the Marieta Islands in Mexico, Playa del Amor (“Lover’s Beach”) is also known as Mexico’s Hidden Beach.

What many might not know is that this little slice of paradise was rumoured to have been formed by a bomb blast.
In the early 1900s, the Mexican government used the uninhabited islands to conduct military tests, including the use of explosives – leading to formations like Playa del Amor.

To get here, you can rent a boat or hop on a tour out to the Pacific Ocean, and then wade or kayak your way through a 24m-long tunnel onto this mini-beach.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of Weekender, Issue 154, June 10 – June 23, 2016, with the headline ‘A hidden slice of paradise’.